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St. Paddy’s Day Party!

Our St. Paddy’s party on Saturday was so much fun!

St. Patrick even smiled on us with our first non-cloudy night in months and the view was spectacular! And it was warm enough for people to hang on the deck.

Do you see that rainbow-esque fruit and veggie display at the end of the table? The marshmallows are a “cloud” and the banana sices in the bowl are a “pot of gold.”

I served two appetizers, both of which I passed myself… when you have the time and are together enough to pass your appetizers, it really is the best. You get to A. say hello to all the guests B. your appetizers are served at their peak temperature (hot or cold) and C. it makes sure that people actually eat them instead of just gabbing away!!

Above, Emerald Eggs from the Food Network… I highly recommend this recipe… the green color is achieved naturally from watercress, tarragon and scallions.

Hard-boil 6 eggs, then peel and slice in half. Scoop the yolks into a food processor and puree with 1 cup watercress leaves, 1/4 cupmayonnaise, 2 tablespoons each chopped scallions andtarragon, and salt and pepper. Fill with the yolk mixture.

The second appetizer I entitled ‘Dr. Seuss’s Sammies.’ They were simply English muffins, Candaian bacon and eggs dyed green all cut with a biscuit cutter into little circles.

The Mr. also made his infamous Guac (love all the lime juice he puts in it). I gussied it up a bit by serving the chips in Tiffany’s and the guac in Bernardaud. I do love how green it is. And of course it was devoured by the end of the night.

The pretty flowers were from Diane from Ellermann Design–didn’t she do an amazing job? She used a block of florist foam and poked leaves into it to create a pretty base for the vase.

We also had some live Irish entertainment… I met Charliah at the ‘Enter the Dragon‘ dinner a few weeks back and it turns out she is a violinist so I asked her and a friend to come play for us! She’s at the Best Music Academy in case your little one needs tutoring or you’d like some lovely music at your next party.

And then there was the main buffet. Here was the menu:

  • Corned Beef! For the second year in a row we completely ran out of this delicious roast even after I doubled down, from 4 lbs to 8 lbs. I really reccomend trying this at home. It is not hard at all (just takes time) and the results are awesome. I slow cooked it for 8 hours in Guinness, water, some sliced carrots and onion. I served it with a jar of mustard. And by the way, if you’re in HK and craving corned beef, Tenderloin Fine Foods, a great meat and fish delivery service I like, sells it prepared–so all you need to do is cook it.
  • Kelly’s Irish Soda Bread. Again, a huge hit. This time I did include Caraway seeds which makes it a little more savory… but to be honest I think I prefer it just with currants. Recipe here.
  • Boston Baked Maple Beans. 35 people is a LOT of people to feed dinner so I decided to augment the beef with a lot of beans. I loved this recipe–again it’s very easy, just takes time… it cooks pretty much all day. It was also great for the Veggies to have something to eat besides bread. And sweet-ish beans really are yummy.
  • Chive and Parsley Mashed Potatoes. Basically you just make regular mashed potatoes, but to make them green you puree chives and parsley with olive oil in a food processor and then mix it all together for a festive and tasty result!

And then there was dessert!

Pots of Gold Caramel Corn, Sugar Cookies, and Lucky Charms to go.

I made the little ‘We Are Lucky You Came’ label from cutting up a cereal box and then finding the other letters in magazines. I then just shrunk it down a bit on my home scanner and printed them off.

The idea was to give people a little Lucky Charms for breakfast the next day! I just love favors… people really appreciate taking a little souvenir home from the party and I think it really makes them feel special!

People also took home little pots of gold. After all, as a hostess I think your main goal is to make sure people feel like you’re really glad they’ve come and that you’ve tried to take good care of them while they are in your residence. A favor is your little way to thank them for making the effort to come.

And in this particular case to thank so many people for going to the effort to wear green!

Tomorrow: Irish Carbomb Cupcakes!

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Time for Corned Beef!

St. Patrick’s Day may still be three weeks away, but if you want to have homemade corned beef… now is the time to get it going!

I wanted to do the full, traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, but was worried about where I would be able to find corned beef here–and then if I did find it I was sure it would be a fortune. So, I decided to make my own. Which is quite easy… all you need is to make a quick brine by boiling water and adding salt, sugar, and some herbs to it. Then you add the beef brisket to a pot that contains it well (I sliced my meat in half and put it in my crock pot) and then covered it in brine. Place in the fridge and flip the meat over every day or two. The hardest part about it is sacrificing fridge space. Two weeks later you’ll have corned beef!

In theory or if you live in the States, this should be a major money saver as brisket is an inexpensive cut, but we bought this at Grate where it wasn’t cheap, but it will feed a lot of people! I will report back on how our turned out. I used a combination between this recipe and Martha’s, depending on what herbs I had on hand.

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